Larry Hagman, who plays the character John Ross “J.R.” Ewing, Jr. in the long-running hit CBS TV series Dallas, announced recently that he has been diagnosed with the big C – cancer.
Hagman had expressed that his diagnosis will not hinder him from appearing in the reboot of the classic series, which will be aired by TNT (the original series aired from 1978 until 1991). The new series will sort of pick up from where the original left off, by focusing on the new generation of the Ewing clan. Hence, Hagman will once again don the cowboy hat that has long been identified with his portrayal as J.R. Ewing.
The actor did not reveal the specific type of cancer that he has been diagnosed with, although Hagman, now 80, had undergone a liver transplant in 1995.
Hagman shared: “As J.R. I could get away with anything—bribery, blackmail and adultery. But I got caught by cancer… I do want everyone to know that it is a very common treatable form of cancer. I will be receiving treatment while working on the new Dallas series.” He did not provide details regarding the kind of treatment that he will receive, however.
Hagman said further: “I could not think of a better place to be than working on a show I love, with people I love. Besides, as well all know, you can’t keep J.R. down!”
Warner Horizon Television, TNT, and the cast and crew of the Dallas reboot gave the following statement of support for Hagman following the announcement of his diagnosis: “We look forward to watching Larry once again work his magic by bringing one of television’s most interesting, complex, and controversial characters back to the screen in the new Dallas series.”